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China dominate 1/8 while Chen Jin quits

http://www.sports.cn/ 2010-09-17 13:43:00

(Changzhou, September 17) The 1/8 round of the 2010 LI LING China Masters Super Series came to a close last night with the host team maintaining their domination except the unexpected withdrawl of Chen Jin from the men's singles due to injury.

Men's singles

Lin Dan of China, the regining champion, wasted no time in easing past France's Brice Leverdez 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) while teammate Bao Chunlai and Chen Long also qualified for the 1/4 round after defeating Qiao Bin of China and Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Russia respectively, both with 2-0( (21-15, 21-16 and 21-12, 21-10). World champion Chen Jin pulled out of yesterday's match against Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei due to an old injury. Chen suffered an 18-21 defeat in the first game before he was halted in the second by a sprained shank from the previous round. By the time of his withdrawl Chen trailed by eight points at 8-16. Wen Kai, Chen Jin's younger teammate, was also out of further play after losing 12-21, 16-21 to Hu Yun of Hong Kong, China.

Women's singles

The host shuttlers edged out all their Korean opponents in yesterday's 1/8 round after Wang Xin outplayed Sung Ji Hyun 2-1(21-14, 11-21, 21-9) and Lu Lan won over Bae Youn Joo 2-0 (21-8, 21-14) respectively. Reigning champion Wang Shixian of China also progressed to the next round with a narrow win of 2-1 (21-18, 13-21, 21-17) over Ponsana Salakjit of Thailand, while top-seeded Wang Yihan came from behind to seize another 1/4 berth for China after crashing out her compatriot Li Xuerui 2-1 (17-21, 21-9, 21-13). The only two non-chinese shuttlers who had survived from the 1/8 round were Hongyan Pi of France and Tine Baun of Denmark.

The doubles events

In the men's doubles, Chinese pair Chai Biao/Zhang Nan suffered a last-second loss of 1-2 (21-14, 18-21, 22-20) to their Malaysian counterparts Chan Peng Soon /Lim Khim Wah. Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng and Xu Chen/Guo Zhendong, also representing the host team,  defeated teammates Liu Peixuan/Lu Kai 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) and Ahsan Mohammad/Septano Bona of Indonesia 2-1 (11-21, 21-19, 21-15) respetively, and the two winning pairs were expected to meet in today's 1/4 round.

In the women's doubles, the host pairs crashed out their respective foreign opponents in yesterday's competition, earning 5 out of 8 spots on offer in the 1/4 round.

In the mixed doubles, all make-shift pairs from China succeeded in qualifying for the next round except Qiu Zihan/Pan Pan, who quitted their match against Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersenp in the second game, leaving the Danish pair unchallenged for further competition.